Once the niche of epilepsy sufferers (to control seizures) and crazy bodybuilders, the ketogenic diet was the “it” diet for the masses, having completely defeated the weight watchers.
It’s easy to see how it happened. The keto diet allows people to eat all the fat they want, and they can practically see themselves slimming down day in and day out. But the keto diet isn’t all under the sun or fried daisies. It has some drawbacks, some serious, and it’s not the best diet for lifters.
Here are some of the issues that make me itch on the keto diet:
Ketogenic dieters eliminate entire food groups, leaving them deficient in vitamin D, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, and essential fatty acids. Keto dieters can take care of a lot of these problems by taking a multivitamin, but this is a poor and uncertain substitute for the nutrients found in real food. On top of that, losing dozens or even hundreds of polyphenols found in grains, fruits, wine, and even beer is like playing Super Mario Bros. And don’t bother picking up all of the mushroom’s super powers.
Bad for strength athletes
There is some evidence that the keto diet might work well for endurance runners and Alaskan sled dogs, but if you’re a weightlifter who relies on short bursts of strength, forget about it.
harmful to intestines
Eliminating carbohydrates means eliminating fiber. Any long-term decrease in actual body weight may be offset by the steadily accumulating reservoir weight of affected stool in the intestine.
Despite the gendered name, keto crotch isn’t the newest member of the Marvel Universe (Peter Parker, Matt Murdoch, Jessica Jones, etc.). If so, I doubt that its superpower would be of any use in fighting crime, except perhaps in some very unusual and specific circumstances.
Apparently, all meat eaten alters the vaginal pH, and low acidity creates a welcoming environment for unwanted bacteria, leading to potential infection, foul odor, and possibly raccoon infestation.
The risks of high cholesterol are inconclusive, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t at all insignificant, and high cholesterol is what you get when you eat saturated fats at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
But the worst part of the keto diet, at least for people who want to increase their muscle, is that getting into ketosis steals amino acids from the muscle to fuel other things. Oh, and low carbs lead to high cortisol, which also affects how good your muscles are.